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Rapid Frame speeds ahead with Kenrick

Leading national trade fabricator, Rapid Frame Ltd, has celebrated a year of using Kenrick’s market leading Excalibur window locking system with record sales and a major order for a new product.

Walsall-based Rapid Frame was looking for a durable and reliable multi point window locking system for its Formula One collection of PVC-u windows. Having extensively tested a number of systems, the company opted for Excalibur from Kenrick because it is Secured by Design approved and one of the most secure multi point window locking systems in its class. Designed to be very simple to install, the system also benefits from a robust unhanded die-cast gearbox and bi-directional die-cast claws for extra security. Kenrick and Rapid Frame also worked closely together to adapt the centre keeps of the system to carry Rapid Frame’s unique product branding - ‘F1’.

Rapid Frame originally fitted Kenrick’s Excalibur shootbolt system to around 50 per cent of its windows. However, a surge in customer demand for a more secure locking system has prompted the company to now fit Excalibur to 80 per cent of its windows.

Andy Young, Group Operations Director at Rapid Frame Ltd, said: “This 30 per cent increase in the uptake of Excalibur is purely down to the great characteristics of this system. It combines trouble-free performance with high security, yet it’s a very cost effective option. The service from Kenrick has also been first class too and they have been able to comfortably satisfy our increased demand without compromising on their high standards.” Rapid Frame has also placed a significant order for Kenrick’s 6 pin Euro Profile cylinder, which has also been branded with Rapid Frame’s ‘F1’ logo. The cylinder has been tested to the British Standard BS EN1303:2005 and will be used on Rapid Frame’s range of Formula One branded doors.

Steve Williams, Kenrick’s Sales and Marketing Director, added: “In such a competitive market, we are delighted to celebrate a great working relationship with Rapid Frame. Our Excalibur system has delivered greater security features and our cylinder system will further strengthen that offering. Together, they will support the F1 brand name and help Rapid Frame to build on its superb reputation for providing high quality windows and doors to its growing customer base.”

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established by Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point window shootbolt are extremely cost effective and easy to install.

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Archibald Kenrick & Sons Ltd was founded in West Bromwich in the Black Country in 1791 and has occupied the same site ever since. During the Industrial Revolution, the business became one of the country’s foremost cast iron manufacturers, something which continued for over 150 years. In the late 1940s, technological advances meant that Kenrick modernised rapidly, introducing new manufacturing techniques such as die-casting and injection moulding. Similar but evolved techniques are still used by Kenrick today.

Kenrick currently offers a variety of products for the furniture, door and window industries including castors, locking systems, handles and hinges. The majority of these products are either made on site in West Bromwich or at their overseas factories to a high standard. The design and innovation is carried out by Kenrick’s own experienced team.

In 1990, Kenrick became part of the Spire Group. It remains committed to investing in research and development, modern production techniques, new product launches and plans significant expansion over the coming years

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